The front door opens into the main dual-aspect reception room (34m2) with exposed beam ceiling, exposed stone walls, limestone fireplace with wood-burning stove and a glazed door to the courtyard garden to the back of the house. This room has plenty of space for both sitting and dining areas.
To the right of the entrance hall a short corridor (of which is a WC) leads to the dual aspect kitchen (14m2) with tiled floor and a range of units.
To the far side of the kitchen a door opens into a converted barn (35m2) with doors and windows to both the front and back gardens, exposed beam ceiling and exposed stone walls. This room offers a blank canvas for the new owner to define as they wish - it would make a wonderful living space. To one corner there a hot water tank and there is plumbing for a washing machine. To one side of this room a staircase rises to a room above (35m2) with exposed beam ceiling, exposed stone walls and windows to both the front and back with extensive views. Again, this space could quickly be fitted out as additional bedrooms / bathrooms.
A wooden staircase rises from the main reception room to the first floor landing. Off the landing are two dual aspect double bedrooms (18m2 and 14m2), both with wooden floors and beautiful views. In addition to this there is a generous bathroom (bath, walk-in shower, twin wash-basins and a WC).
Gîte / Guest House
Sitting in a walled courtyard is an independent single-storey guest house which comprises a living room (18m2) with tiled floor and corner kitchen, bedroom (6m2) and shower room (shower, wash-basin and WC).
To one side of the courtyard garden is a detached range of stone outbuildings which include an open-side barn (17m2) and another barn divided into three sections (covering about 100m2 in total). The barn also offers potential for conversion to habitable accommodation (subject to planning permission) and could have its own entirely independent access.
The house sits in a level plot of 4357m2 (over an acre) set amongst the vineyards, To the front of the house gates from the country lane open into a beautifully landscaped garden, well stocked with mature trees (including cypress), shrubs and flower borders. Hidden amongst the flower borders is a vegetable garden. There are some very fine views to the south over the vineyards.
To the back of the house is a secluded courtyard garden landscaped in the Mediterranean style with a specimen olive tree, palm tree, lavender etc, all overlooked by a terrace. The courtyard has another set of gates to the lane and is enclosed by the house, the gîte and the outbuildings. To the other side of the outbuilding is another garden, mainly laid to lawn with a number of mature trees (there is is a third set of gates the give access to this part of the property from the lane).
This charming property, set on its own, offers comfortable living, easily extendable into the converted barn (which would add about 70m2 additional accommodation). The barn roof has photovoltaic cells which produce electricity which is sold to EDF - generating an small income (about 1500 euros per year - to be confirmed). The local boulangerie is within walking distance and the market town of Rouillac is just 11km.
The popular sandy beaches and pretty villages on the Atlantic coast like Royan, St-Palais-sur-Mer and Rochefort can be reached in under an hour and a half. Excellent transport links include Bordeaux (with international airport) 128 km, La Rochelle (also with airport) 102 km, and Angouleme (with TGV train station): 35 km.
The guest house is a great space for friends and family - giving them independence - and it also offers income potential.
With a lovely garden, great views, no direct neighbour yet close to all amenities, this property will make a wonderful home - permanent or holiday.